Improvised Therapy Collection

“It was fabulous to meet you at the Social Thinking conference… I am so inspired by your Improvised Therapy ideas and excited to start my Improv 101 workshop next week.”

Laurie B. Kaufman, PhD

Improvised Therapy: Cognitive-Linguistic Games is now available at

My early experiences as an improviser often left me with the uncanny feeling that the games we played to become better performers were actually very fun therapy games. 

The theory behind Improvised Therapy is simple: group therapy is a veritable treasure trove of naturalistic learning opportunities and a chance to find creative ways of targeting several goals across multiple participants at a time.  Alternatively, a therapist may choose not to target a specific goal but allow the challenges of play to present themselves as informal, ongoing assessment.  By  moving away from static worksheets and discussion-based sessions, therapists can recharge group therapy by increasing energy, participation, and developing insights into strengths and barriers that may not be readily apparent in more conventional contexts.

The books in this series include instructions for each game, potential barriers, targets, example goals, and a small literature review. The books have been divided by targets for ease of use and to provide the most value. As always, I am available to provide half-day and whole-day training sessions so you and your team can practice the games and be trained in the improv concepts before bringing them to your clients. Just message me for more information if you’re interested!

Improvised Therapy Vol. 1: Whoosh Bang Pow is available now at

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